Nippon Tsuun held a press conference today to announce that thirty-nine-year-old Hisashi Takeda will be returning to their the Industrial League team in 2018 as a player/coach. He was assigned the uniform number 54.
Takeda first joined Nippon Tsuun in 2001, after he graduated from Komazawa University. He turned pro when he was selected in the fourth round of the 2002 draft by the Nippon Ham Fighters.0 Comments
Thirty-eight-year-old Hisashi Takeda is not ready to retire and is planning to leave the Nippon Ham Fighters to pursue playing opportunities with other teams. The Fighters approached Takeda earlier this month and suggested that he retire.
Takeda has had problems with his knees the last few years. He had surgery on both his knees in 2015 and made it back to the active roster on July 27, 2016. He made the opening day roster this year, but was taken off the active roster in May with knee problems. He more recently pitched two shutout innings during a Ni-gun game against Yokohama on August 26.
[UPDATE 9/13 @ 8:16pm]
The media learned today that the Chunichi Dragons might be interested in Takeda. Chunichi is still looking to bolster their bullpen. They also have a connection to Takeda through Shigekazu Mori: they are both Komzawa University graduates.
Source: Sports Hochi 9/13/2017
[UPDATE 10/5 @ 5:20pm]
The Fighters officially announced today that they are parting ways with Takeda.
Source: Nippon Ham 10/5/2017
[UPDATE 11/26 @ 5:40pm]
Takeda has decided to remain active by returning to his old Industrial League team, Nippon Tsuun, as a player/coach.0 Comments
Thirty-eight-year-old Masaru Takeda is thinking about retiring after the season. Takeda spoke to team officials in Sapporo on September 17 and discussed plans for 2017. He may have been told the team is going with younger pitchers.
Meanwhile, thirty-seven-year-old Hisashi Takeda is not yet ready to call it quits. He had surgery on his right knee in March 2015 and surgeries on both knees in August of the same year. He finally made it back to the active roster on September 15. He will most likely stay with the Nippon Ham Fighters.0 Comments